Walking In The Spirit

Last month we read about how one must die to be born of the Spirit. Now we want to look at how we walk in the Spirit. Well, we know that first, you must be born of the Spirit, and to do that we must die to ourselves and the world. Once we have been born of the Spirit now we can begin to walk in the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit requires a lifestyle of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:1 tells us this, It was for freedom that Messiah set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” 

Free from what? Sin! When we died to ourselves and the world we died to sin. Now we are free to serve God and not ourselves nor the world. Galatians 5:13-14 says, “For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.  For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Galatians 5:16-18 goes on to say, But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the desire of the flesh is against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, in order to keep you from doing whatever you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.”

Now people think that this means that we no longer have to keep God’s Commandments. Yet, we saw that verse 13 says that we are not to turn our freedom into an opportunity for the flesh. 

Galatians 5:19-21 says, Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: sexual immorality, impurity, indecent behavior,  idolatry, witchcraft, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions,  envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Paul is not condoning murder, stealing, blaspheming God, disrespecting parents, coveting people’s goods or spouses. The word Law was translated to mean everything from soup to nuts. Paul is speaking about becoming a Jew through ceremonial rituals. If you remember this is what he fought for in Acts 15, at the Jerusalem Council, that Gentiles did not have to become Jews ceremonially.

God’s Commandments like all of His Words, are eternal. I recommend you read or listen to our podcast on the “Sins of our Forefathers” for they have much to do with the incorrect interpretation of our Bibles today. Paul goes on to say in verses 22-26 this, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Now those who belong to Messiah Yeshua crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit as well.  Let’s not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.” 

Paul goes back to the fact that we need to begin our walk by crucifying our flesh. You see, if we do not die to ourselves and to this world then we cannot even begin to walk in the Spirit, because walking in the Spirit means that you now live for God and your nature is now dead. That is the hardest thing for man to do is to disregard himself and now live for others. If we truly have died to ourselves then we will bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. There must always be fruit in our walk. 

Matthew 3: 7-11 tells us this, “But when he (John the Baptist) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance;  and do not assume that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father’; for I tell you that God is able, from these stones, to raise up children for Abraham.  And the ax is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore, every tree that does not bear good fruit is being cut down and thrown into the fire.’  ‘As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”’

You see, even John knew that a person had to show fruit even for repentance.  When we have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, we die to ourselves and rise to newness of life then we are new creations, 2 Corinthians 5:171 Peter 1:15-16 says, “But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

So how do we live holy lives? We must be set -apart from this world and all it has to offer. You see God’s wisdom sets us apart from worldly wisdom. 

Deuteronomy 4:6 tells us this, “ Keep them (commandments, statutes and judgments) and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”’ 

1 Corinthians 2:12-14 says, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.”

Let’s end with  2 Peter 1:3-11, “I can pray this because His divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the One who called us by His own glory and excellence.  Through these things He has bestowed on us His precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become partakers of the divine nature, after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge;  to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Messiah Yeshua more intimately. But concerning the one who lacks such things—he is blind. That is to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin. For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Messiah Yeshua, will be richly provided for you.”

Who are you walking with in your life?

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